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Clever Ideas To Make Decluttering Easy

Is your home stuffed with trinkets, treasures and things you no longer need? Are your shelves and storage cupboards overflowing with who knows what? Are your clothes squashed into your wardrobes and drawers? If this sounds like your home then it could be time to do a spot of decluttering – many of us may hate the idea but we know it makes sense. Most people are natural hoarders and even the neatest home probably has a cupboard, a loft, a garage or garden shed that is their junk room. But if you have less junk in your home your life really will be better. Less stuff means less to clean and keep tidy; it means it is easy to find things in the early morning rush to get to school or work but getting into the decluttering habit is not easy.

So here are some clever ideas to make decluttering easy:

Pick Your Battles Carefully

Start by making a list of each room that is unnecessarily cluttered and the particular parts of that room that need tackling. It could be shelves stacked high or chests of drawers with junk piled on top because all the drawers are full (hang on, that is beginning to sound like my daughter’s room).

Now pick just one room – or just one part of the room if it is particularly bad – this is the clever bit. Work on that area until it is done and then stop. By taking a bite sized chunk of this problem each day or week you can achieve great things after a few days or weeks and not feel as if decluttering has taken over your life.

Bag It Up

Grab a large black bin bag and set yourself a time challenge to see how quickly you can fill it. Decide before you start whether  the content will really go in the bin or whether they are good enough to go to a local charity shop or other good cause. If you do decide to fill a charity bag just make sure you take it to the charity shop the same day – otherwise it will just be clutter in a bag.

 

Box It Up

Find 3 large boxes and label them: Rubbish, Charity, Keep. As you declutter your chosen area pop items in the relevant box. The contents of the Rubbish box can immediately be thrown out or, even better, recycled. The Charity box can be put in the back of the car ready to drop off as soon as you can at the charity shop – in fact, my local recycling centre now has a “pop up” charity shop there so I only have to make one trip with both of my boxes. And the contents of the final Keep box can then  be placed back in/on your clear drawers/shelves/cupboards. Ahh so easy…

 

Colour Coded Hangers

Start by making sure you have a bunch of hangers that are 2 different colours. Put all of one colour in the bottom of the wardrobe and hang all your clothes on hangers the same colour. Each time you wear something then wash and iron it place it back in the wardrobe on a hanger from the wardrobe floor. After a few months you will start to get a pretty good idea of the clothes you never wear as they will be on the original colour hangers. Obviouly there may be some special occasion outfits that you will want to keep even if you haven’t worn them for 6 months but on the whole this is a foolproof way of reminding yourself what you really don’t wear when it comes to everyday clothes. You know really you just need that reminder to get them out of the wardrobe and down to the charity shop or clothes recycling bank. Think of the extra space it will give you – more space for the clothes you do like and do wear and maybe even some more space for new clothes.

Make Use of 5 Minutes

We can all find 5 extra minutes in the day if we really try – in fact, you probably won’t have to try that hard to find a spare 5 minutes. Open up a single drawer or cupboard and just get started – don’t think too hard about it. I probably shouldn’t say this but for my 5 minute declutters I just  dump everything I don’t want straight in the bin – there is simply no time to sort thing sout on one of these ultra fast decluttering sessions and I console myself that when I have more time I do recycle almost everything either via the local recycling centre or via various charity shops.

Tackling small spaces in five minute blasts means decluttering won’t feel like it is taking  over your life and you’ll maintain your motivation for longer. If you really want to think about setting a timer on your watch or phone – there’s nothing like the seconds and minutes ticking away to spur you on to actually achieve something.

The 10-10-10 Challenge

This is one of my personal favourites when it comes to decluttering and great if you have kids – it is just as good and just as much fun for all ages from toddlers to teens. Making decluttering into a game that everyone can play is a great habit to get into. So what is the 10-10-10 challenge? It’s simple everyone in the house has to find amongst their own possessions 10 things to throw away, 10 things to give to charity and 10 things to put back in their correct place.  Just make sure you do actually bin the rubbish straight away before anyone changes their mind.

Decluttering a whole house in a single day or week-end is almost impossible – it is demoralising and often difficult to know where to start. So instead try one of these clever and fun ideas over a few days, weeks or months and then keep them up to prevent the clutter from returning. Tackling only small areas is much more manageable and will help maintain your motivation and see the task through until you eventually have a clutter-free home.

prestige car self storage

Car Self Storage For Your Precious Vehicle

There are a number of reasons why you might want to use car self storage – you might be lucky enough to have a vintage or prestige car that you only use in the summer. Or it may be a car bought purely for investment purposes that you rarely drive. Perhaps you are going to live overseas on a temporary assignment and it is just not worth the cost and hassle shipping the car to your new home. So ordinary people, car enthusiasts and even owners of  a vintage or classic car business that has simply run out of space, might require secure storage at some point that will protect the car when not in use.

Moisture in the air can damage a car if it is not being used for an extended period so the best storage environment is one that is climate and humidity controlled.  However, it is not enough to just put the car in a climate controlled storage space without preparing it properly first, not if you want it to come out of storage in the best possible condition anyway.

The Battery

The battery should usually be disconnected before placing the car in a self storage unit but check the handbook before disconnecting the battery because modern day car computers may be affected if the battery is disconnected over a long period. If the handbook advises not disconnecting the battery or letting it run out of charge you can buy chargers that will only charge the battery if needed so that you can leave it connected and avoid any problems with the on board computer. Remember if you need to go with this option that you will require a power socket in your storage unit.

 Pre-Storage Checklist

  • Replace the engine oil
  • Add anti-freeze
  • Release the handbrake
  • Leave windows fractionally open for air circulation
  • Spray WD40 (or similar) on metal parts liable to rust
  • Lift windscreen wiper blades away from the windows
  • Oil the door locks to avoid them seizing up
  • Jack the car up off all four wheels to reduce the stress to the tyres

 

Post-Storage Safety Checks

Safety checks are essential after a car has been in storage – never just start it up without performing some basic checks first:

  • Reconnect the battery if it had been disconnected
  • Check the level of oil in the engine
  • Check the tyre pressures – if the car was jacked up lower off the jacks first.

Once you have completed these basic checks start the car and drive it slowly to ensure everything is working as it should, particularly the main brakes and the handbrake. Storing a car long term requires careful preparation before storage and checks afterwards but for prestige cars, classic cars or investment cars a climate controlled self storage unit can be the best solution if you don’t have your own garage or don’t have enough space in your garage. It is also a cost effective way to preserve  a car for a long period when it is not being driven regularly.

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The 3 Most Important Considerations When Choosing A Self Storage Unit

Choosing a self storage unit is difficult, but if you put these three things as your top priorities when choosing one, you will struggle to go wrong.

When you are looking for a self storage unit, you are likely to want to find a good priced unit, but that should never be your top priority. Three of the key things you want the owners to be on top of is security, maintenance and safety. Their units will hold a lot of high value items, so it is important security, maintenance and safety is top of the priority list and should be something you have no problem asking about when checking out the self storage unit you are interested in. Here’s why these three things matter the most when it comes to choosing a self storage unit:

  1. Security From The Start

All self storage facilities should have a security system that starts at the gate. Security cameras, alarms, and indeed a gate, should all be part and parcel of the security system. Individual alarms should be included, so your individual unit is protected. Clearly, if there is more security then that is even better. The unit may also boast: Electric gates controlled digitally, extensive security video cameras, sensor alarms, intercoms and various technology related to security. They should boast about this aspect of their unit because every self storage company wants to stand out from competitors. Security is clearly a key priority when it comes to storing your items because there is no point in keeping the items in a unit if they aren’t going to be safe there. You may as well leave them in your garage. If a unit claims to be secure, don’t be afraid to find out why.

  1. Safety Procedures

A great unit will have safety procedures for staff to follow. This could be as simple as using a wet floor sign if the floor has just been mopped. It may seem minor, but the more laws the company is following the better – because it means they will be doing what the law requires in terms of keeping your items safe. The last place you want something underhand to be going in is in a place you keep your treasured belongings. It also means you can feel safe when you are on the premises as well. A unit incorporating these safety measures may also train staff to look out for signs of untoward behaviour or signs of issues. This could be less obvious signs a unit has been broken into or signs of criminal behaviour of tenants as an example. This is great as it shows all eyes and ears are on the ground ensuring everyone is protected and looked out for.

  1. Maintenance Means Pride

This is a key sign that a company really wants customers to get what they pay for. From maintaining cracks in the walls, to painting a peeling door, you want to see that the entire premises is kept in great condition. It shows that the company really do have pride in the operation they are running, and ensures you can trust that you are paying for high quality all round. It also shows that your items are going to be safe. Why? Because the unit will be well maintained. You shouldn’t have to worry about damp, cracks or pests because the standards are so high at your facility, the unit will have had maintenance completed before you were sold the space.

Remember, before you invest in your unit, you should be asking questions and checking it is safe, secure and well maintained, because that reassures you that your items will be completely protected.

 

motorbike ready for storage

Getting Your Motorbike Ready For Storage

Plenty of people put their motorbike into cheap storage. If you are one of those people you will need to prepare your vehicle properly so it comes out of the unit as you left it – here’s how.

There are plenty of motorbike enthusiasts in the UK, and plenty of people who simply don’t have room to store their beloved two wheeled machine at home. Perhaps you’re staying in a smaller home temporarily, you’re suffering from an injury that renders you unable to ride for a while, or you simply want to put your motorbike away for winter. Whatever your reason for putting your bike into self storage, you’re going to want to spend a little time thinking about how you can store it without it deteriorating and getting your motorbike ready for storage. Environmental factors, dirt and general lack of usage are all potentially damaging factors that you need to try and prepare your vehicle for.

Here are some tips to help you get your motorbike ready for storage:

Make Sure The Tank Is Full

If you do not fill up the fuel tank, it may mean you’ll be getting some organic growths you didn’t ask for when you pull the machine out of storage. When a tank is partially full, condensation can occur which then reacts with the fuel in the tank and clogs up your bike. Odd organic growths can form, which is never a good thing! It’s an easy issue to avoid.

Focus On The Oil

The oil in your bike should be clean and the filters should be changed over before you place the machine into self-storage. When oil is left in a machine, contaminants can become trapped in it which will in turn damage parts of your motorbike.

Don’t Leave The Battery To Die

If you leave a motorbike battery in freezing conditions for a long period of time, it will die – it really is that simple. If you have a self-storage facility that provides air conditioning or heating options, it is possible to keep the motorbike in a neutral temperature long-term, which means you don’t have to take the battery out. Many good independent self storage companies provide this option, however, many cheap facilities do not so it is more than likely the battery will need to come out.

Don’t Let The Rust Eat Your Bike

You should never really leave rust to eat away at your vehicle, but this is more of an urgent issue to address if your bike is going into self-storage Bedford. Rust is like cancer to a vehicle, and it will spread and rot metalwork. It might cost you a little to get the rust sorted out now, but it will cost you a whole lot more if you leave the problem while your vehicle is in storage and come back to a much bigger problem when it comes out.

Take Pressure Off The Tyres

You should take pressure off the tyres by elevating the bike. There are stands and supports available for you to do this.

Invest In A Bike Cover

To protect your motorbike from dust particles and other environmental factors, invest in a good quality cover to keep it protected while it is in storage. The price of these covers vary greatly, so don’t go all out unless you were planning to treat yourself anyway. Just think of it like a fitted dust sheet in this instance.

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Can you ever have too much storage space?

I’ve never actually lived in a new-build home but I have visited plenty – either when visiting friends and family or just when I have been curious and taken a peek at the show homes on one of the many new developments springing up in our already crowded part of the South East. I don’t need statistics to tell me that new homes are getting smaller and smaller (but there are stats that show this) because you can simply feel it in the new homes – even show homes that are cleverly dressed by skilled interior designers using furniture that isn’t full size. You just know that that small wardrobe and chest of drawers will never be enough storage space for anyone actually living full time in the house. And the few kitchen cupboards will simply not be able to store a family’s needs.

Whenever I see kitchens in new homes I wonder where the people living there put all their stuff – most of the base units are actually housing the fridge, washing machine and dishwasher and at least one of the wall units will be housing the boiler. Add to that the fact that the designers are cutting back on kitchen units so they can squeeze a table into an already small kitchen and the storage issue becomes even worse. Older, period houses may not have had overly large kitchens but they did tend to have spaces such as a traditional larder which, with it’s floor to ceiling shelves provides a huge amount of storage. They also had spacious under stairs cupboards for storing brooms, hoover, ironing boards and other household paraphernalia that need a home. That under stairs space in a new build is more likely to have been used for a cloakroom.

Actually I do new builds a disservice because some of the high-end developers are creating huge, amazing spaces so when I say new-build developer I am thing of the mass-produced new builds – you know those big names we have all heard of. Rather than the smaller, more niche luxury new home builders.

But back to my issue with storage – if a home does not have enough storage then it will be almost impossible to keep the home from becoming cluttered. I’m sure there are some minimalists out there who can live with just a few well-chosen items but most of us just aren’t like that. I think that at heart most of us are hoarders. Combine that intrinsic nature with a lack of storage and you end up with homes that are cluttered. And no matter how much good advice there is available online about how to declutter and the benefits of decluttering many of us find it impossible to create a clutter-free home – and this comes down to a lack of storage.

Many homes are not technically cluttered because all the items in them are used and needed, but there is not enough space for everyday family living.

Finding more storage space where you thought there was none

So if you already live in a home without enough storage what can you do about it? The chances are that the room sizes are such that they can’t accommodate any more shelves or cupboards – if your rooms are large enough for more storage units then get yourself down to the shops and buy more – you don’t need much money for a few shelving units or cupboards – check out charity shops and secondhand shops if you are on a tight budget – (go – what are you waiting for?).

But what if there simply isn’t the floor space or wall space?

There is actually a lot of under-utilised space in even the smallest of homes if we just look up. Why not think about running shelves all around a room about 30cm below the ceiling. This is dead space that could easily be used to store any manner of things. If you are worried it won’t look great then invest in some pretty baskets or storage boxes to go on the shelves. Maybe even make the storage boxes your self or at least cover them. If the room is wallpapered – even better – cover the storage boxes in left over wallpaper and they will blend into the background. Paint the shelves to match the rest of the woodwork in the room.

Baskets or storage boxes on high shelves can be used to store anything that is not used on a daily basis. For instance, out of season clothes or seasonal sports equipment or Christmas decorations can all be hidden away in attractive storage boxes.  Books, ornaments, DVDs etc. can be displayed openly. Even if you already have shelving units for these things in your home you can make the space seem less cluttered by using this one simple trick.

The same idea can be used for storage boxes or baskets on top of your kitchen wall units – there is also plenty of dead space up there too. The trick is to make the storage attractive and make it so that it blends in with the décor of the room so the eye is not automatically drawn to the high level shelves and spaces. The space on top of kitchen wall units in an average sized kitchen could be the equivalent of another couple of kitchen units or maybe more so make use of it.

Another way to find more space is to buy beds that either have storage drawers already built in (if it is a divan) or has the space for under-bed storage boxes if it is a wooden or metal framed bed. These are great places to store bed linen, spare pillows, spare duvets and towels

And if you have free-standing wardrobes then don’t forget to also make use of the space on top with storage boxes for your out of season clothes.

Even the smallest of homes can benefit from these storage tips which will add storage in all the dead space we have around our homes which so few of use utilize.

prepare your self storage unit for winter

As winter approaches make sure you prepare your self storage unit properly

Many people store precious belongings, household items or business stock in self-storage units year round because they provide an inexpensive option to other forms of storage. But if you do have possessions in storage over the cold winter period ahead then it will pay you to prepare your self storage unit for the cold weather to ensure your items survive the winter intact.

A storage unit may be protected from the external elements of rain, snow and wind but it is unlikely to be heated and one of the issues with long-term storage is that moisture is present naturally in the air inside the unit and rises and falls in temperature will cause this moisture to condense on internal surfaces, and that includes your possessions. So follow these simple guidelines to protect your stored possessions for the long, cold winter months ahead.

  • Firstly make sure everything is as clean as possible: shake out fabrics to remove dust and generally give everything a good airing.
  • If you have stored items made of fabric, metal, leather or wood (and, let’s face it there is a high chance that you will) make sure they are not covered with plastic sheeting or bubble wrap. This is a common mistake because  plastic will trap moisture, which will penetrate these fabrics over time. Use natural materials to cover and protect your items instead, like cotton sheets, woollen blankets, acid-free paper or corrugated cardboard.
  • Anything made of leather should be treated with a specialist moisture-repellant leather protector as an added precaution.
  • Anything made of wood should be treated with wax for the same reason – to repel moisture.
  • Carpets, curtains and rugs should be rolled up with tissue paper or cotton sheets between each item.
  • You can minimise tarnishing of silver-plated or solid silver items and protect other metal items by wrapping them in a cotton cover.

The moisture that is naturally present in air is harmful to a variety of materials but those most at risk are wood, fabric, metal and leather. If you have very valuable or precious items made of these materials then you may want to consider investing in a de-humidifier or rent a climate-controlled self-storage unit to reduce the amount of moisture in the air and give your belongings some added protection by taking professional packing advice for storage.

Included in the list of metal goods might be larger items such as a car, motorbike or motor home and these types of stored items will need some additional levels of protection to survive the winter months:

  • Drain the engine oil and replace it with fresh oil
  • Make sure the windscreen wash has the right amount of anti-freeze for the temperatures you are expecting over the winter.
  • Leave the handbrake off to prevent it seizing up – as an added precaution you may want to place bricks strategically to avoid any movement of the vehicle.
  • Leave windows open a small amount to improve air circulation and avoid condensation.
  • Use WD40 (or similar) on moving metal parts to prevent corrosion
  • Oil the locks if you are expecting very low temperatures for a prolonged period.

 

Self-storage-auctions

Self Storage Auctions

Self Storage Auctions are auctions offered by the self storage companies over the items of a tenant who fails to pay their monthly rent over a certain period of time. It is an alternative way to find valuable items, rather than at Garage Sales or Flea Markets…

 

Everything Must Go!
It is very common in the United States that self storage facilities hold storage auctions (also known as lien sales) to vacate non-paying tenants according to their enforcement rights that are outlined within the lien law of each state. These lien auctions are open to the general public, with most bidders buying for the purpose of reselling for a profit.

If the customer fails to pay the rent, a lien is placed on the customer’s goods and they are sold at auction. The storage facility lien rights are codified in most states. The customer is still responsible for any rent and fees due if the auction does not clear their balance.

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Self Storage Auctions

 

A self storage auction is a great opportunity to get some valuable items at dirt cheap prices. Most warehouse owners auction the units of the tenants who have been defaulting on payments for a long time. In order to recover their monthly rents, the storeroom companies put such units up for auction. A storing unit auction usually involves auctioning all the items within the unit. The store unit doors are opened before the bidding process to allow the buyers to peep inside. However, no one is allowed to touch the stored items. The buyers are sometimes not able to see anything, as everything is stored inside boxes. If you are lucky, you may be able to get something valuable at very low prices. [Keep reading…]

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Self storage warehouse facilities

 

Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to a scheduled auction. Before the auction starts, the self storage facility or auctioneer will have a sign in sheet and a set of their company’s rules going over the terms and conditions of the auction. Terms and conditions will vary with each site. Most auctions are “live” or “verbal”, very few are silent (sealed bids). Cash is the acceptable form of payment and sales tax will be charged if the buyer cannot show a valid resale license and proper identification.

 

More relevant information:


Wikipedia – General information about self storage business. en.wikipedia.org

StorageMart Self Storage Blog – Article about the process of self storage auctions. www.selfstorageblog.com

AuctionZip – Find listing of current and upcoming auctions on several Self Storage Facilities across US. www.auctionzip.com

Storage Auctions – About Self Storage Auctions, information about the auction process and some tips. www.storageauctions.com

StorageAuction.net – Storage Auction Listings. Search by city and/or zipcode. www.storageauction.net

Storage Protection Auction Services – Listings of upcoming storage auctions in Florida. www.auctionstorage.com

 

Storage Auctions Listings by Region
Arizona | California (North) | California (South) | Connecticut | Florida | Massachussets | New Jersey | New York | Texas | Toronto

 

If you are interested on Self Storage Auctions, you should go to AuctionZip. they offer listings of current auctions several Self Storage Companies have scheduled, with all detailed information you need such as, Auctioneer, time of the self storage auction, exact address, and phone number, among other stuff.

Storage Protection Auction Services is great source for self storage auction listings in Florida. Click on the current or upcoming month to see the latest auctions scheduled and listed by this site.

StorageAuction.Net is your source for upcoming self storage auctions. Type your location, city, zip code, to find upcoming auctions on self storage facilities around your area.

Self Storage Auctions Listings by Company
AAA Storage —–> click here to check upcoming auctions
(Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas)American Self Storage —–> click here to check upcoming auctions
(New York City Metro area)

EZ Storage —–> click here to check upcoming auctions
(US Nationwide)

North West Self Storage —–> click here to check upcoming auctions
(Washington, Oregon)

Security Self Storage —–> click here to check upcoming auctions
(North Carolina)

SecurLock —–> click here to check upcoming auctions
(Texas)

Uncle Bob’s —–> click here to check upcoming auctions
(US Nationwide)

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Picking a Storage Unit to Meet Your Needs

Are you looking at picking a storage unit to store your belongings? Is so, then the first step that you have to take is to find a reliable storage service provider in your city. Believe it or not, but you need to take into consideration several factors while choosing a trusted storage service provider. So make sure that you get ready to spend some time on carrying out the research.

 

Almost everyone uses a storage unit to securely store some of their household belongings in the US. But that doesn’t mean selecting a reliable storage service provider is an easy job. You have to think a lot before sealing the deal.

 

Here is what you need to consider while selecting a company that offers self-storage units.

 

Reliability

 

The first and most significant factor that you need to consider is whether the company that you are planning to hire your storage unit from is reliable or not. You can’t just rely on any self-storage provider that you discover on the internet. It has to be the one that offers the kind of solutions you are looking for; otherwise, there is no point in engaging with its services.

 

Reputation

 

Apart from reliability, reputation is another significant factor that you have to focus on while choosing a storage service provider. You can’t make the mistake of relying on a company that hasn’t been able to earn a good reputation.

 

If you stick to the services of a company without considering its reputation, you might regret your decision later on. Therefore; it’s better to choose the one that has managed to earn the trust of the customers.

 

Proximity

 

It’s always better to stick to a company that is close to your home because it will make it easier for you to access your unit. In case you want to secure some more items in it, you can reach the facility fast if it’s nearby your home.

 

Similarly, if you want to use an item that you have kept in your unit, you can get it fast if the self storage facility is nearby.

 

 

Experience

 

You should also consider the experience of your storage service provider. If a company has been successfully fulfilling the storage requirements of its clients for years now, it means it has the relevant experience.

 

Now let’s take a look at some of the essential benefits of renting a storage unit.

 

Extra Space

 

Do you think that you have very little space at your home? If so, you can free up some space in your rooms by storing some of those household items that you rarely use. Are you using your driveway for parking your car because you have packed your garage with the household items?

 

If that’s correct, you can free up the necessary space in your garage by securing your items in a storage unit.

 

Quick Access to Your Belongings

 

If you opt for a storage facility that gives round-the-clock access to their customers, then you can access your belongings any time you like. You don’t have to wait for the right time to access your items if you need them urgently.

 

High-Safety

 

No matter how precious an item you store in a storage unit, they will always remain safe and secure. Yes, you got that right; storage facilities provide high-grade security to your items.  They come with fire alarms & smoke detectors, security lighting, and  24/7 video surveillance, etc.  Besides, storage facilities also have security guards who monitor your unit all the time.

 

Cost-Effective

 

Storage units are quite cost-effective; anyone who needs some extra space can rent them. If you rent one from a trusted company, you will surely get a good deal. Whether you are moving to a new city or shifting to a new home, you can keep your belongings in a storage unit if you can’t move them at once.

 

Lastly, if you run a business, you can also rent a storage unit to secure your office essentials.

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Wine Self Storage

Wine Self Storage has emerged as a cost-effective way to store your wine products for both commercial or personal use. These units are effectively modern-day Wine Cellars, and many Storage Companies are offering Wine Storage services…

 

Wine Storage (Wine Cellars)

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Wine Storage

 

Recently there has been increased attention on wine self storage. It is very common to see nowadays that more and more public self storage companies are offering special storage services for wine products; each unit is equipped with racks and other accessories to store your wine bottles, or boxes, even barrels, and each unit is climate controlled to keep your precious collection, or business goods safe and in the right condition, storing of wine has to be done in the correct way to keep it in good conditions and to preserve it for a long time. Below are some companies who offer self storage units suitable for wine self storage.

 

Name Location Price Phone
Big Yellow UK Call 0(800) 783 49 49
Classic Wine Storage Forth Worth, TX Call 1 (817) 442 03 48
East Bank Wine Storage Chicago & Millwaukee Call 1 (312) 644 20 00
Elmwood Louisiana Call 1 (504) 737 76 76
The Fine Wine Reserve, Inc. Ontario $38 – $1775 1 (416) 593-WINE
Kennards Australia/New Zealand Call 1 (800) 65 88 55
Private Mini Storage Texas Call Click to choose facility
Store Wine Storage Palm Beach, Fl Call 1 (877) STORE-04

 

The three factors that have the most direct impact on a wine’s condition are light, humidity and temperature. A fourth consideration can be security, since wine can be considered a luxury good with value on the after-market. Historically the long-term storage of wine was handled by wine merchants but since the mid 20th century the task of handling and storing wine has increasingly fallen to consumers. Industries relating to specialty wine storage facilities and the construction of home-based wine cellars have emerged to cater to the storage needs of consumers.

 

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Wine Self Storage
Pic by tierra bonita on flickr

 

Prices and information are subject to change, please check each storage company service provider for the latest updates or changes on those prices.


Cold Storage WarehouseCold Storage – Cold Storage Warehouse facilities for those who need to store goods at cold temperature controlled, or in a refrigerated environment. Several businesses has these units.

Additional information about wine and it’s storage can be found below:


Wikipedia – Additional information regarding the storage of Wine. en.wikipedia.org

Wine Storage Facilities – Search for wine cellars, self storage companies offering wine self storage in the US, Canada, and other countries. www.wine-searcher.com

Wikipedia – More information about Wine Cellars. en.wikipedia.org

Kennards Self Storage – Self storage company in Australia, specializing in Wine Self Storage, offering commercial and personal customers wine cellars in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide. Anything from 5 to 500 cases for wine storage. www.kss.com.au

WikiHow – Information about how to storage Wine. www.wikihow.com

 

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Wine Storage Units – Wine Barrels
Pic by perfectdepth on flickr

 

Wine can be stored between 45-64 °F/7-18 °C, as long as any variations are gradual. A temperature of 55 °F or 13 °C is recommended by experts, and that’s the temperature commonly found in “caves” used to store wine in places dedicated to storing wine. These “caves” are commonly known as Wine Cellars and are ideal for both short-term wine self storage and long-term aging of wine.

Wine generally matures differently and more slowly at a lower temperature than it does at a higher temperature. Between 50-57 °F/10-14 °C, wines will age normally []

Wine cellars can be either active or passively cooled. Active wine cellars are highly insulated and need to be properly constructed. They require specialized wine cellar conditioning and cooling systems to maintain the desired temperature and humidity. In a very dry climate, it may be necessary to actively humidify the air, but in most areas this is not necessary. Passive wine cellars must be located in naturally cool and damp areas with minor seasonal and diurnal temperature variations

Wine cellars (Click to enlarge)
Wine Cellars, Wine Vault or Wine Self Storage
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cannot store hazardous chemicals

Self Storage Units: What You Cannot Store

There are many reasons why an individual or business would need a self-storage unit but you should remember that there are limitations and restrictions on certain items you can store in a storage unit. The reason for the limitations is usually for legal and safety reasons. Clearly a storage facility will not knowingly allow illegal item to be stored on their premises. Neither will they allow items or products that a dangerous such as any flammable goods, corrosive products or hazardous chemicals.

Self-storage units are a cost effective choice when you need additional storage for items from your home or small business. They can be used by families to store seasonal goods such as garden furniture, barbecues or winter sports equipment. Small businesses can also use them as overflow warehouse space for excess stock or seasonal goods. Another common use is when you are moving house and relocating to another area and need temporary storage for your personal possessions. This used to be the most common reason for using self storage but, increasingly, individuals and businesses are using self storage units as semi-permanent extensions of their home or business space.

So just what are the restrictions on what exactly you can store in a typical self storage unit and are the rules the same nationwide and worldwide?

All facilities will have restricted items that they will not store – flammable goods, corrosive products or hazardous chemicals are the most obvious and these rules apply at all facilities in all regions and countries because of the risk such products pose to the safety of all goods being stored and the safety of personnel working at the site.

The restrictions are in place to protect your belongings and those of the other people and your insurance policy would likely be invalidated if damage was caused due to restricted items.

You will usually have to sign a contract agreeing to abide by the restrictions so make an inventory of all the items you plan to store and check them against the restrictions as some items may not be obvious – for example household paints are often flammable and cannot be stored.

It should go without saying that any illegal items (drugs or weapons for example) or any perishable food stuffs cannot be placed in a storage facility.

Always check the actual restrictions at your chosen self-storage facility but here is a guide of the most commonly restricted items:

Combustible, Flammable or Hazardous Items

  • Fireworks
  • Paint
  • Fertiliser and other garden chemicals
  • Petrol (gasoline) and motor oil
  • LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), Propane or Butane (eg, Calor gas for BBQs and propane/butane canisters for weed killer wands)

Perishable Food

Any perishable food will not be allowed even if it has a long life as it can attract pests which can do damage within other units at the site.

Other

Weapons, ammunition or explosives (legal or otherwise) and any radioactive equipment (eg medical equipment) can never be placed in a self storage unit.

If in doubt about what can be stored always check first with the storage facility.